i wish you knew
by jackie azúa kramer
illustrated by magdalena mora
When Estrella’s father has to leave because he wasn’t born here, like her,
She misses him.
And she wishes people knew the way it affects her.
At home. At school.
A story about deportation, divided families, and the importance of community in the midst of uncertainty.
"Kramer’s homage to the “I Wish My Teacher Knew” movement draws attention to the many hardships children experience at home while still trying to succeed in school. The examples given are particularly poignant. For success in school, the importance of empathy and compassion can’t be overstated."―
"A teacher sees Estrella and, with the help of the all-knowing oak tree, finds a way to invite her and the other students to share the things they wish the teacher knew. This mediation on social and emotional communication will prompt readers, old and young, to open up about their vulnerabilities."―Booklist
"This gentle story embodies the social media movement #IWishMyTeacherKnew that has helped build community and strong school relationships across the country. An author’s note describes her childhood, and the inspiration for this true story. VERDICT: Estrella and her classmates’ experiences are all too common and children will relate, if not for themselves, for others, to this compassionate recommended purchase." -- School Library Journal